Dienstag, 9 August 2016 | 11:00-18:00 | Designhaus (Ground floor)

historage – Philip Miller: BikoHausen : Steve Bantu Biko and Karlheinz Stockhausen in Johannesburg, 1971


Philip Miller: BikoHausen : Steve Bantu Biko and Karlheinz Stockhausen in Johannesburg, 1971

3. – 9. AUGUST 2016, 11:00 – 18:00 UHR

In collaboration with:

Siya Makuzeni
Ann Masina
Tlale Makhene
Bham Ntabeni
Waldo Alexander
Vus'umuzi Nhlapo 


At the end of a working holiday to South Africa in March 1971, Karlheinz Stockhausen and his wife Mary Bauermeister visited Soweto, the amalgamation of townships for the black population in Johannesburg. They were accompanied by black consciousness activist Steve Biko. Of course, no-one can ever know what exactly transpired when Biko met Stockhausen in Soweto – what their conversation was. What were the topics they might have covered? Music? Politics? We can however imagine and extemporize. Millers work sets itself up as just such an imagined dialogue. Stockhausen and Biko in Johannesburg takes the form of a three video projection with multi-channeled soundtrack. Miller assembled a performance workshop in Johannesburg bringing together a diverse group of South African performers. They collaborated over the course of one day intuitively responding to a series of fragmented archival sound recordings Miller had selected. 


historage is a project by Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt (IMD) and Goethe-Institut
Supported by Kulturstiftung des Bundes